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November 3, 2013

Redemption for Keselowski at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, Texas — Brad Keselowski raced to his sixth Nationwide victory in his last eight starts, leading 106 of 200 laps at Texas to give Roger Penske’s No. 22 car the lead in the owners’ standings.

For the drivers’ title, Sam Hornish Jr. overcame being a lap down early in the race to finish third and cut his deficit behind Austin Dillon from eight points to six with two races left in the season. Dillon finished fifth.

“We did what we could do. We took care of ourselves,” Hornish said. “We came back when it didn’t look like we would gain points for quite a bit of the race. ... If we can take one or two off the following weekend that puts the pressure on him. He doesn’t just have to finish within a couple spots of us then, he will have to beat us.”

With the win in the No. 22 Ford, Keselowski put Penske back in the lead in the owners’ standings, 26 points ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota. Keselowski finished nearly a second ahead of Denny Hamlin.

Keselowski has 26 career Nationwide wins.

The No. 22 car has been to Victory Lane 12 times this season, with wins also by Joey Logano (three), AJ Allmendinger (two) and Ryan Blaney (one). The single-season Nationwide record is 13 wins by the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in 2010.

Keselowski wrecked at Kansas the last time he drove the Nationwide car.

“I had to redeem myself,” he said. “When you win, it’s almost more of a relief that you didn’t screw it up. It’s obviously a lot of fun.”

Last season, Keselowski gave Penske his first Sprint Cup title. Penske still hasn’t won a Nationwide championship.

Kyle Busch, driving the No. 54 Toyota for Gibbs, crashed hard into the wall in Turn 4 and then took a wild ride through the grass just past the halfway point of the race. His crew made some repairs to get him back in the race, but he finished in 26th place and four laps off the pace.

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